Benefits beyond winning…
Substantial time and reflection are required for national and international applications if you hope to be competitive. Plan to work with this kind of application for a minimum of three months, getting feedback from mentors and the National Scholarship Coordinator, and revising multiple times to craft your strongest possible essays and proposals. You will find this time well spent even if you do not receive a particular award.
Giving your best effort to a major scholarship application can be a winning endeavor on many levels!
- These materials require a level of thought about your life and career that helps you refine your goals and identify means to reach them.
- The process can enhance your relationship with faculty and administrators who may become important mentors.
- Even to be selected as a finalist is a resume-worthy national recognition and imparts a degree of distinction that sets you apart from your peers.
- The quality materials you produce can be adapted for job, graduate school, and other scholarship or grant applications.
“I have learned so much about myself and have grown significantly in so many areas, from writing to speaking to critical thinking. Everything I learned will help me tremendously for any other application and interview I have in the future. And looking at it, I didn’t lose a thing because every hour I invested in the process I was investing in myself.”
—Candice Griffin, Truman Scholarship Finalist, White House Intern
—Chris Keefe, Goldwater Scholar
“I mined the Marshall application for the international graduate school materials I had to submit. I am very grateful to have such well prepared and tight personal and career statements.”
—Susanna Dart, Marshall Scholarship Finalist, Fulbright ETA Germany
“I learned more about writing during this process than I have from college English courses and all my years in school.”
—Dan Rivera, Goldwater Scholar